The Bay Area and our neighbor to the north, Portland, Oregon, have had a friendly competition over which of us is the greenest state. Portland scored big points by providing proof positive that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) a.k.a. the Stimulus Bill, has created good paying, permanent jobs in the new, greener economy.
The Energy Efficiency and Community Block Grant (EECBG)
program, which targets… Continue
Added by Jim Gunshinan on April 1, 2011 at 2:15pm —
How Oil Pointed the Way to Home Energy Savings
When the oil fields began to be developed in places like North Dakota, manpower was an immediate need. Manpower was needed in remote places where the oil was hiding and having enough ready housing was a problem. The cheapest and quickest solution was manufactured housing. Pull it in, set it up, and your done.
Manufactured home communities began to sprout up over… Continue
Added by Don Ames on March 25, 2011 at 3:21pm —
Hey, HERS raters, what if I told you that you could get the volume of a multi-pitched roof for all of your home energy… Continue
Added by Chris Laumer-Giddens on March 21, 2011 at 4:30am —
As my good friend Rana Belshe says. Let's not forget that the people who live in houses are the ones who are in charge of how the house loses and gains energy and how the appliances and HVAC use energy. People are the key and heart of gettin' it done!
Added by A. Tamasin Sterner on March 7, 2011 at 9:54am —
I am composing this blog post on a computer that was likely assembled in a factory that runs on electricity made from coal. The aluminum for the case and other parts of the computer probably came from a smelter powered by natural gas. The electricity powering the computer here in California could come from a combination… Continue
Added by Jim Gunshinan on February 10, 2011 at 3:30pm —
Solar energy has consistently grown 33% in the past thirty years within 1979-2010. It is projected to be over 40% for this decade. With an estimated 32 GW of solar power installed globally, 7.2 GW was installed last year alone, according to John Addison, publisher of the Clean Fleet Report.
Solar energy is becoming more marketable by the day, and now represents a large portion of new construction related jobs. If you are a contractor or interested in becoming a contractor, be a part of… Continue
Added by Fida Hossain on February 7, 2011 at 10:28pm —
The "National Solar Job Census 2010: A Review of the U.S. Solar Workforce" is a first-of-its-kind report that quantifies the current employment and projected growth rate of the United States' solar energy industry. The Census' study is based on a statistically valid sampling of 2,400 solar companies throughout the nation. The Solar Foundation, Green LMI Consulting, and Cornell University among others surveyed the companies and concluded that the solar energy industry expects to increase their… Continue
Added by Fida Hossain on February 7, 2011 at 10:19pm —
The energy efficiency movement is starting to impact the awareness of how the indoor conditions of an existing building can be greatly improved. Homeowners who once dread the winter months and thought that they had to live with the pain of a drafty uncomfortable home are now increasingly seeking to improve these homes.
This search often brought homeowners out into the marketplace looking for solutions and the best professional help. As a result, we are…
Added by David Allen on February 2, 2011 at 11:48am —
Recently I was talking to one of our HERS raters who said that one of the reasons he prefers going after the existing home market is that he’s more comfortable talking with homeowners than with builders. He’s afraid that builders will see his lack of construction knowledge and send him packing.
What can you do to overcome this fear? Take heed of these points, and you’ll be fine:
- Realize that you don’t need to know everything about building.
- Let the builder know…
Added by Allison A. Bailes III on January 20, 2011 at 7:07pm —
A short while ago I was in a meeting that centered on creating a flexible winter weatherization plan that would have a wide degree of application. While such plans are not uncommon in the least, I was surprised to hear that we, as inhabitants, came up as a serious aspect of energy inefficiency.
As someone who works with material and energy inefficiencies,… Continue
Added by Nathan Christensen on January 17, 2011 at 12:00pm —
You know which light bulb I mean. It’s the one you’ve burned your hands on when trying to unscrew it too soon after it’s been turned off. It’s the one you put in the lamp in your living room to read by in your comfortable chair; the one you use to light the stairways at night. It’s the 100-watt incandescent that uses… Continue
Added by Jim Gunshinan on January 14, 2011 at 11:00am —
This very question was recently posed in the BPI Group. Is there a conflict of interest when an energy auditor also offers contracting or weatherization services to their clients? At first glance, many would say that the easy answer is "yes". The common reasoning is that people will steer their clients towards the products they sell in order to make as much money as possible. After all, that's what we are all in business for, isn't it? The other answer was "it's just human… Continue
Added by Jon LaMonte on January 14, 2011 at 8:35am —
“So what can we do to keep homes improving from an energy efficiency standpoint?”
For a long time, answers such as “improve insulation” or “designed better HVAC” systems would have likely been what first came to mind. However, with new building guidelines,…
Added by Nathan Christensen on January 5, 2011 at 7:03am —
To continue on from our last conversation, I would first like to offer a definition as to what I personally believe a “green product” should strive to do.
A green product can generally be defined as a product that, from raw material extraction, to end-of-life disposal, lessens its impact on the environment as thoroughly as possible.
While being mindful of the previously stated definition, I would like to ask each of you to look around right now, where ever you location, and… Continue
Added by Nathan Christensen on December 17, 2010 at 9:02am —
Trying to demonstrate to the unknowing that enhanced home energy performance translates into enhanced resale value is not an easy task. But actually it is right there in the HERS Rating!? Continue
Even though most of us 'energy pros' understand that the increased comfort, health, durability, and lower energy bills means that the property should be more desirable and more valuable, it is hard to get this going due to the true way that properties are valued.
Added by Jamie Kaye on December 11, 2010 at 7:30am —
Have you noticed that there have been a lot of commercials about electric cars lately? Do you think that electric cars are really the answer to our energy issues and reliance on fossil fuels? I started to think about the process associated with electric vehicles and did some simple research. Following are some simple points to consider. Continue
First let’s look at the manufacturing process. Vehicle parts are manufactured all over the world in…
Added by Jon LaMonte on December 3, 2010 at 8:00am —
Why do we go to doctors when we are sick? Isn’t it to find out what is wrong with us? Don’t we rely on our doctors’ education, expertise, and experiences to provide us with a proper diagnosis? Sometimes they are able to diagnose our problem and provide us with a plan of action or prescription to make us feel better. Sometimes, they refer us to a specialist that can better diagnose our problems. To 99% of the population, that… Continue
Added by Jon LaMonte on November 22, 2010 at 11:00am —
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) puts a great deal of focus and concern into the area of weatherization. An abundant amount of recovery act funding went towards weatherization and in return the reduction of energy consumption. In an attempt to make the auditing and assessing aspect of weatherization readily available and understood by both experts and consumers alike the DOE has created the Home Energy Scoring Tool.
This tool is available online for free and unlike similar… Continue
Added by Silas Inman on November 11, 2010 at 1:00pm —
TopTen USA is a new non-profit organization that makes it easy for consumers to find the most energy efficient products. World Wildlife Fund is a partner in TopTen USA and blogs about the new website:
Added by Diane Chojnowski on November 10, 2010 at 3:30pm —
My cousin Mark is a pretty smart guy who reads widely. (All my cousins are above average.) Here is what Mark sent to me in an e-mail about dogs:…
Added by Jim Gunshinan on November 9, 2010 at 12:30pm —